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Can Alex Morgan crack the starting XI?

Updated: January 20, 2012, 11:38 PM ET
By Jeff Carlisle | ESPN.com

As U.S. international forward Alex Morgan settles into a chair in the hotel lobby, there is nothing about her that screams "predatory striker." Her hair is pulled back, her sweatshirt plain. There's no hint of cockiness, no trace of the "me-first" attitude so common with most goal scorers. In fact, Morgan almost comes across as shy.

Is this really the player who is being touted as the Next Big Thing in women's soccer, the one with the movie star looks and the eye-catching ...

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